Teen charged as adult in Birdsboro stabbing

Feb. 5—A Birdsboro teenager is in custody after being arrested for stabbing a man he says tried to rob him at gunpoint last week.

Birdsboro Police charged Lucas S. Arnold, 17, as an adult with aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime and related offenses following an investigation into the incident from February 1.

Arnold, of the first block of East First Street, was jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail after his arraignment Saturday before District Judge Tonya Butler in Reading Central Court.

According to investigators:

Arnold called 911 on his cell phone from a convenience store parking lot around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

He told dispatchers he had been robbed at gunpoint by a known man. He said he was approached after the other man, an 18-year-old from Pottstown, arrived to buy something Arnold was selling.

Police from Birdsboro and Robeson Township responded.

When police arrived, Arnold was still on the phone and appeared to have a small amount of blood on his left arm and hand and what appeared to be a bite mark on his left shoulder.

He said he had moved in with his mother into her Birdsboro apartment a few days earlier. Before that, he lived in Pottstown.

The teen said he called the other man, described by police as the victim, an 18-year-old from Pottstown. The two men agreed to meet in the parking lot in front of his mother’s apartment.

He said the 18-year-old pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him and demanded he be taken into the apartment.

Once inside, Arnold said he grabbed a knife and stabbed his attacker multiple times with one hand while holding the attacker’s gun with the other.

With the assistance of Exeter Township Police, officers checked the apartment. Upon entering, they noticed keys in the apartment door and blood on the door. Only a few droplets of blood were found inside the apartment, and there were no stabbing victims or guns nearby.

Shortly after, Birdsboro police received a call from Pottstown police after a stabbing victim showed up in Pottstown…

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